Nonverbal Communication Controversy

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Nonverbal Communication is an important thing during the communication process, it makes your speech and your argument more valuable. It is important to remember that the way you say things is more important than what you’re saying in fact. Nonverbal communication means transmitting information thru gestures, tone of voice, body language, space and appearance. During the debate, which was the first one televised in the USA, we can see some examples of how the nonverbal communication works and how it affects the credibility of the speaker. This analyses have the purpose to illustrate how personal appearance and nonverbal communication are important in a communication process focusing in persuade the audience, also to present the functions and …show more content…
Body gestures and movements, can lead the speaker to be more persuasive, such as maintain eye contact, smile, being relaxed, lean forward. In the case of the debate, the candidate that better fit in the right posture was Kennedy. His posture at all was more appropriate then Nixon, which looked like a robot, not moving and speaking things like he had decorated it before. Kennedy looked more prepared and that he was more comfortable with the situation then Nixon did. The senator also was stand up straight and remain in this position better than Nixon. Another important thing that Nixon failed in his speech was with eye contact, he wasn’t really looking into the camera while responding the questions, he was more worried about looking to the news correspondents instead of looking to the audience, the people at home. This was a big mistake, because eye contact brings confident, make what you’re saying more valuable, accepted.
Another aspect of nonverbal communication in the debate was the tone of voice used by both candidates. Nixon was in a monotone, he always said thing in slowly and using the same tone of voice, while Kennedy changed his tone of voice in the thigs that he wanted to give more importance. This is also a important aspect to credibility, show that you know what you’re saying and giving the right importance to the right things, also it makes the speech more understandable and interesting to the audience, than hearing the same tone of voice to

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